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Roger Mayweather: Weights don't win fights, Canelo overhyped

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Roger Mayweather doesn't sound concerned about his nephew's September 14 fight against Canelo Alvarez, saying the young Mexican star isn't the beast he's been hyped to be.

Bryan Haraway

Roger Mayweather believes that Floyd Mayweather has taken the right fight against Canelo Alvarez on September 14, but that Canelo isn't as good as he's being hyped, and despite a weight disadvantage, Floyd will win again.

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"That's somebody that they think can beat Floyd. It's just somebody they believe can beat Floyd. I guess they're going to fight at 152 pounds. Weight don't win fights anyways. Weight won't win this one either. ... I've seen probably three fights. He's alright. He ain't no beast like they say he is. He's a kind of aggressive guy but he tries to box too. What we'll find out, how good can he box against a guy who can fight? I've seen him fight Shane Mosley. I've seen him fight a couple guys."

Roger, though, sounds like your average boxing fan with the following quote. (Well, OK, not your average doofus, but your average rational boxing fan.)

"You've got to understand, you cannot call yourself the best fighter in the sport if you don't take the risk. That's what boxing is about. In order to prove to the people that you are the best, then you have to take the risk. That's what boxing is about. That's no different than when Muhammad Ali fought George Foreman. George Foreman knocked out everything that was moving. But, Ali said ‘Well, hey, I'm going to fight [him]' and he turned around and beat him. And that's how he became so big. That's part of boxing."

Whether Mayweather (44-0, 26 KO) took the fight with Canelo (42-0-1, 30 KO) to prove something, or to give the fans what they want (as he says), or just because it was worth by far the most money, who cares? It'd be romantic to think he took it for the "right" reasons, the sporting reasons, but if he took this to make a lot of money and because he thinks it's going to be easy, I don't care. I'm just excited we've got a legitimate, mainstream sporting event on tap.